Bad Faith (Magill's Literary Annual 2007)
About 1962, when Carmen Callil was a young Australian woman living in Italy, she attempted suicide and was taken to London, where three days a week, for seven years, she spent an hour with a young half-Australian psychiatrist named Dr. Anne Darquier. However, when she arrived for her appointment on September 7, 1970, nobody answered the doorbell and Callil learned later in the day that Darquier was dead, probably by suicide. Callil was surprised to learn at the funeral that she was to be buried as Anne Darquier de Pellepoix, a name she was not to hear again until a year or so later when she watched Marcel Ophuls’s television documentary Le Chagrin et la pitié, or The Sorrow and the Pity: The Story of a French Town in the Occupation (1971). The town in the title was Cahors, in southwest France, home of the man who was born Louis Darquier but who added de Pellepoix to his name. Darquier appears in Ophuls’s film shaking hands with Reinhard Heydrich, the brutal head of the Reich Central Security office until he was killed by Czech assassins. It was the sudden reappearance of this name that impelled Callil to undertake the years of research that produced this brilliant book.
Louis Darquier was born on December 19, 1897, in the small town of Cahors in southwest France. His father, Pierre, was a respected physician, his mother, Louise, a “churchy woman” who entertained a lot. His older brother, René, became a prosperous businessman...
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